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Annual Russell Lecture in History, March 23, features award winning historian Jacquelyn Dowd Hall

Jacquelyn Dowd Hall
Jacquelyn Dowd Hall

Alfred University’s annual Russell Lecture in History will feature historian Jacquelyn Dowd Hall, whose lecture “From the Lost Cause to the Civil Rights Movement: A True Story of Bravery and Betrayal” will be delivered via Zoom March 23 at 7:30 p.m.


Alfred University’s annual Russell Lecture in History will feature historian Jacquelyn Dowd Hall, whose lecture “From the Lost Cause to the Civil Rights Movement: A True Story of Bravery and Betrayal” will be delivered via Zoom March 23 at 7:30 p.m.

Hall is Julia Cherry Spruill Professor Emeritus at the Chapel Hill campus of the University of North Carolina and the founding director of UNC’s Southern Oral History Program.

Her books and articles include Revolt Against Chivalry: Jessie Daniel Ames and the Women’s Campaign Against Lynching (1979, 1993), which won the Francis B. Simkins and the Lillian Smith Awards; Like a Family: The Making of a Southern Cotton Mill World (1987, 2000), winner of the Albert J. Beveridge Award, the Merle Curti Award, and the Philip Taft Labor History Prize; and “The Long Civil Rights Movement and the Political Uses of the Past,” Journal of American History (2005), which challenged the myth that the civil rights movement was a short, successful bid to overcome segregation in the Jim Crow South.

She is past president of the Organization of American Historians and the Southern Historical Association; the founding president of the Labor and Working Class History Association. In 1990 she was elected to the Society of American Historians, and in 2011 she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation's most prestigious honorary societies.

An email will be sent with Zoom link on the day of the lecture. Others may secure the Zoom connection by emailing: saxtonmj@alfred.edu.